Going Shopping Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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Lively illustrations and minimal text, allowing for plenty improvisation by the adult raconteur, map the chaotic day-to-day life of a harassed single mother, her two toddlers and lugubrious dog. --Spectator
Sarah Garland has produced a complete library for the pre-school child - popular for years as hardbacks, we are now republishing these books as chunky board books with real pre-school appeal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The story has one phrase per page "In you go, jump in dog, down the road, ...". This simple story is enriched with a mass of detail in the pictures that can lead to lots of conversation.
As a parent, the thing I love most about Sarah Garland's books are the illustrations - we see a mother who isn't always neatly dressed, and who often looks tired, but she clearly loves her children and they are shown here working together to get things done. The text in the book is fairly undemanding - it really just describes a sequence of events - but the illustrations open up room for discussion, and my daughter loves to describe what's going on in each picture. Buyers may like to note that Dad does not make an appearance in this book, so the tale may not suit single fathers.
Having read a number of other titles in this series, I would observe that there is a bit less going on in this one than in some of the others, both in terms of the illustrations and the words. If you are looking for a little slice of everyday life to share with your toddler, however, then this book might just do the trick.
This review refers to the hardback edition of 'Going Shopping' published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books in 2009.
There's opportunities to discuss different kinds of shopping with the various other characters like the lady who looks as though she might be from Sierra Leone, carrying her shopping along the road in a bag; those who drive to the supermarket and use a trolley; why dogs aren't allowed inside the shop. etc.
However, if you're looking for a story that teaches children about purchasing items then the scenes in the supermarket are disappointing, as the produce provides only a blurry backdrop. Nevertheless, it's a charming tale.
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Brilliantly written and fantastically illustrated - we all love these books they are future classicsPublished 1 month ago by Alex